FitFlop Kano Slides

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Basic black slides are an absolute staple for athletic brands but you don’t often see them as support sandals. People love the easy style and feel of a pair of simple slides. Recognizing the growing demand for them, FitFlop created their own version of the summer necessity. The Kano slide is the ideal sandal to add into your summer wardrobe if you want fuss-free support. This style has superb cushioning that varies throughout the footbed. The Kano slides will help you beat the heat in a comfortable and casual design this summer. 

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Leather-Lined
  • Cushioned Upper
  • Microwobbleboard Midsoles
  • Slip-Resistant Pods
  • Arch Support
  • APMA Approved
Cons
  • Not Very Flexible
  • Very Simple Style
Breathability

Breathability

Pool slides are an absolute must for anyone who loves water and sun. Even if you’re the type to enjoy the heat without getting wet, having a versatile sandal that works in different environments is truly necessary for summer months. Many slides intended for poolside relaxing are made of rubber hybrids or slick, waterproof materials. One of the reasons the Kano is so unique is that it actually has a leather upper. This unexpected material choice actually functions fantastically for the shoe. It creates a nice breathable upper, ensuring the foot stays cool and comfortable. Whether you get these in tan or black, the leather will still work overtime to ensure you feel breezy in your new sandals. The upper only consists of one thick black band across the front of the foot to the midfoot, so even without the leather, this would allow for great airflow regardless. The leather lining is really just sealing the deal for this lovely looking pair.
Comfort

Comfort

FitFlop is a fan favorite for their comfortable styles. Their first pair of shoes utilized a very unique midsole that gained them a ton of popularity in the commercial market. The original midsole is back in a big way on the Kano. What they call Microwobbleboard technology helps to stabilize your every step and provide terrific support for your foot regardless of your gait and pressure points. A fantastic base calls for a fantastic upper to go with it. As mentioned, the upper is leather, meaning it will break in and feel better and better the more you wear it. Their upper is also cushioned, to hug your feet when you have these on rather than feeling uncomfortable or restrictive. The base cushioning varies from firm to soft going from the heel to the toe, giving you just the right amount of softness in just the right places. Slides don’t go in between the toes or create friction in any vulnerable areas, making this the go-to for those picky about the way shoes feel on their feet. If you love athletic slides but want to try something that doesn’t have a bold, contrasting logo on it and twice the comfort of the more typical styles, the Kano will seem absolutely made for you. Trying something new can often be rewarding, and in the case of trying this FitFlop after experiencing similar slides, you will find that out first hand.
Durability

Durability

Pool slides aren’t usually an everyday shoe unless you are one of those beach bums in the summer or a dedicated swimmer. Despite that, you are still going to want something to hold up to a lot of wear, especially a lot of careless wear. No one wants to fuss about sandals that they are trying to slip-on right before going out the door or hitting the beach, This laidback pair from FitFlop won’t need to cause you any worries. The leather lining makes them incredibly resistant to abrasion that may degrade the material. Their midsole is super thick, making it much harder to wear down and degrade with time. Coating the bottom of the shoe is a durable rubber outsole, treaded and perfectly complementing the soft middle of the Kano. Anyone who is concerned about the flimsy nature of so many warm-weather options should consider trying something like this from FitFlop. Practical construction and incredibly basic styles come together to make a really effective sandal choice for anyone to be able to enjoy.
Flexibility

Flexibility

This shoe does have a very thick midsole and an outsole for added durability, so some flexibility is definitely lost in it. A stiffer fit is honestly pretty common in a slide, especially one that is angled towards more functional wear. It is better than the outsole is coated in rubber and well tractioned because you can run into problems with folding and tripping otherwise. Flexibility isn’t much of an issue with the Kano due to its design intending to keep the shoe flush against your feet when wearing it. This means that there is less room for the shoe clumsily being worn due to a too-stiff sole. If you have ever had a slide that slapped the ground with every step, you will know exactly the clumsy wear being referred to here. If you want something more like a foam flip-flop, you will do better with a slimmer soled, less supportive option that utilizes mostly foam materials in its construction. I personally don’t think that a heavier build is a bad thing for this slide but understand that many people have different tastes and needs in terms of the shoes they wear.
Key Features

Key Features

FitFlop is very medically-minded, something you may not even consider for a shoe brand. Their shoes strive to reach the standard of APMA approval. APMA approval means that a shoe has been endorsed by the American Podiatric Medical Association and that it supports and promotes a healthy foot. The Kano gains that approval effortlessly. The leather lining of these pool slides feels supple and cool against the feet. Their classic midsole will be absolutely adored by new FitFlop and loyal FitFlop fans alike. Minimal coverage and a midsole built by biomechanists come together to make a simple and sleek slide that will certainly be a summer favorite as soon as it arrives on your doorstep. If you aren’t one for frills but like to mix up your look, you can’t go wrong with a black, timeless slide like this one. The leather elevates it into a stylish territory, the likes of which most slides never get to see.
Midsole

Midsole

Now that the midsole has been introduced a few times, let’s get into the nitty-gritty details of what makes it so wonderful. The midsole has a really unique build. It acknowledges the pressure points of the foot to reduce impact and pain when walking. It also improves the alignment between the curves of your foot and the insole itself, providing immediate support that feels like it was made for you as soon as you slip this shoe on. The way they do that is by a system of gradual cushioning. On the toe of the Microwobbleboard midsole, the cushioning is medium. This gives you some push back when you’re stepping and walking. The midfoot section of the midsole is very soft. This allows the ball of the foot to comfortably rest in the area it depresses, while still having your toes lifted by the firmer front of the shoe. The heel has the firmest cushioning, ensuring you don’t sink into the shoe and lose all the levels of comfort. This is crucial for the resulting slide’s support. FitFlops midsole system has been wowing their customers for 10 years. That isn’t to say their technology, in general, is either, though it is, but this specific midsole has been tried and tested for 10 years and remains one of the favorites in their whole collection due to it giving the shoe a support base that is made for the foot, rather than one that is premade for feet in general that maybe doesn’t quite work for each particular wearer.
Outsole

Outsole

Pool slides have a few pretty big musts. One of them is obviously fantastic traction. Traction starts with the materials used in the outsole. This rubber outsole has an advantage, as rubber naturally creates really fantastic friction between the shoe and the ground. Add in their cool textured logo bottoms and you have another element improving the grip. This brand doesn’t stop there though. The Kano actually has slip-resistant pods that have been lab tested to provide supreme grip and traction. Even on the scary-slippery wet floor of a hotel pool, you will remain feeling safe and secure in these FitFlop slides. If you really value a great grip without having deep grooves that track dirt, sand, grime, and pebbles into everywhere you go, the Kano is a must. In a summer shoe where you’re often going in and out of the elements, you need something that is going to be mindful of different environments and surfaces. This FitFlop is a great option that does just that.
Shock Absorption

Shock Absorption

The triple-density midsole obviously feels great, but it has functions other than simply comfort. It works to greatly reduce the shock of the ground against the foot. If you have ever struggled with aching knees and hips after a long day of walking, or even worse, shin splints, you know the pain a shoe can cause when it doesn’t absorb a lot of impacts. FitFlop made sure that these Kano slides would do all the work for you when it comes to shouldering the brunt of the impact of walking. Fans of the shoe will immediately feel the difference between thinner soled slides. The Kano is so far beyond its athletic competition when it comes to shock absorption, support, and comfort, it seems almost unfair. The harder rubber outsole gets all impact muffled by the super soft midfoot midsole area that tops it. They play well together to make a perfect shock absorbing pair.
Style

Style

It is hard to go wrong with black sandals. FitFlop’s Kano is a little sporty, a little sleek, and a lot easy to wear. You won’t have to feel like anyone but yourself because this is the kind of sandal where you make the shoe, the shoe doesn’t make you, at least, it doesn’t make you anything other than comfortable. For some people, the Kano may be a bit too simplistic and basic. If you’re someone who prefers lighter colors in the summer, or you wear a lot of linen styles, the Kano may seem too harsh to add into your daily wardrobe. I personally think this is a slide that shouldn’t be passed up, even if you never make it further than the grocery store or a hotel pool. However, some people just don't like the harsher color and overly clean appearance of this FitFlop. For people who want a softer appearance, something more neutral is a better choice.
Support

Support

This sandal has so many fantastic support elements and it really shines as a comfortable summer option. The midsole is intended as a pressure-diffusing system, ensuring you won’t have angry feet after a long leisurely day outside. Built-in arch support avoids the problem of uncomfortable textures against the bottom of the foot, as the footbed is smooth and only slightly curved to support where you need it to. The firmer heel keeps your arch lifted while the softer midfoot section keeps your feet feeling blissful. Padding in the upper helps maintain a healthy position in the shoe when walking. If you have ever struggled with what appears to be a lazy-day shoe, you may need something a little bit more substantial. This FitFlop Kano is a really beautiful marriage of easy-going aesthetics and hardcore support that creates something low-maintenance that caters to high-maintenance feet.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

FitFlop made a shoe that is truly one-of-a-kind with this Kano. Though it may look like a million other basic black slides, it performs so far beyond them. Their Microwobbleboard midsole has been a FitFlop staple for a decade, and once you try this shoe on, you’ll want to wear them for about that long. It may not be the most flexible or sophisticated wear, but for something simple and insanely comfortable, you can’t go wrong with a pair of Kanos. Showing yourself some much-deserved love has never been easier than with the existence of these FitFlop slides.